'm wondering, we are talking about the fiscal cliff talks. the president did not talk about it, he is spending his vacation far away. do you think this is part of the negotiation as well, the president sending a message saying hey, listen, i'm done, this is my final offer? >> part of it, i think, i don't think that is it. i think there's really under way a sort of last ditch effort for the white house to work out a smaller measure with senate democrats who would need to buy in. the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell to avoid the tax hikes. i think part of this is the president saying to house republicans, you have to come around and in way when boehner said, don, that the ball is in the court of the democrats, it's true. the republicans have given up their role as their primary negotiators in this. to this point, they are trying work out a smaller bill, and president obama, you can tell, he is holding out hope that it can work. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want. and this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and who doesn't. call me a hopeless optimist?